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. now i'll ask about the faa furloughs, which started yesterday. a group of almost the entire airline industry, including air traffic controller unions, flight attendants, pilot unions, and the industry itself, have written denis mcdonough and the white house a letter saying that the faa should be granted flexibility so they don't have to furlough the air traffic controllers. what do you say to this broad coalition? they say that other agencies have been given such flexibility and they believe the faa should have the same flexibility. >> let me give you some facts. the department of transportation is required by law to cut about $1 billion between now and the end of september; $637 million of that comes from the faa. the faa has initiated a series of cost-saving measures for personnel and non-personnel related, including a hiring freeze, restrictions on travel, termination of certain temporary employees, and reductions to contracts, among other savings. but furloughs cannot be avoided. seventy percent of the faa's operations budget is personnel. the faa must furlough 47,000 employees
immigrations and forced them without being certified by the faa. 167 out of 434th flight training schools, 38% today do not have the required faa certification. unawared ice is often when they revoke certification for flight training providers. they are working with the faa to address this issue. provideurances can you about efforts to improve its communications with the faa? >> we are very far along. a newalso moving from system governing institutions that educates student visa holders. this will help solve the problem. that. get to the silent screen process. under the present system, applicants for asylum must undergo a credible interviewed to determine whether they have a credible fear of persecution in his or her county of origin. but the officer determines that they have a credible fear, the application is a long for further consideration. streamlines the process partly by allowing a screening officer to grants asylum immediately following the interview. if this were to become law, how department in sure they're adequately screen for national security threats? permit togulations confer w
of those who have lost loved ones or who have had a loved one who has been injured. ghtthe faa has issued a temporary flight restriction over the area. the texas commission on environmental quality is providing air monitoring and technical assistance. the texas task force one has been alerted to provide structural collapse support. the union pacific railroad has halted freight service and local authorities have turned off utility service in the area, including gas and electricity. there is an incident command center and a triage center, but they have been recently moved due to fears that additional tanks could be at risk. fema, part of the department, has been activated and stands ready to assist texas upon request. the state fire marshal's office, the texas dps, other state agencies are also responding. the american red cross is working with local emergency management to identify shelter management assistance. activated ann fema incident management assistance team. three preliminary damage assessment teams, and we're also standing by to assist in any other way . that level c,ns which is
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